One of the big highlights of the 2014 golf season in St. Louis will be the Curtis Cup. The biennial international women's amateur golf competition features eight-player teams from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland in competition. The Cup will be played June 6 to 8 at the St. Louis Country Club, which will play to a par 70 over 6,200 yards. The USA leads the series 27-7-3.
Curtis Cup captain Ellen Port has impecable credentials to lead the team. She is a six-time USGA champion and two-time USA Curtis Cup team member.
"I am so proud of these players and excited for what is ahead for this team," says Port, who teaches and coaches golf at John Burroughs. "Representing your country in the Curtis Cup Match is one of the highest honors a female amateur player can receive, and I know these women are more than up to the task. We are all looking forward to June and the opportunities that are ahead of us."
Old Warson Cup
Phil Caravia has been a competitor in Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association championships—and a formidable one at that—for more than 20 years. He has qualified and competed in countless match play championships, going back to the Taylor Cup days at Boone Valley.
Earlier this month at Old Warson Country Club, Caravia put a stamp on a lifelong goal: his name on a MAGA trophy, defeating Alex Cusumano in 19 holes.
Cusumano led 2-up after the 12th hole. Caravia would trim that back to one with a birdie at 13. Playing the long par 5 16th, Caravia left himself plenty far back for his third shot, while Cusumano was down at the bottom of the landing area for his. Caravia knocked his shot to within 10 feet, leaving himself an uphill birdie putt. Cusumano pulled his lay up just a bit right onto the collar of the green. A solid chip by Cusumano came up short, leaving Caravia a chance to square the match with his birdie putt, which he calmly rolled in. The pair would each par the 17th and 18th holes to send the final match to extra holes. Playing the first hole, Caravia found the fairway, while Cusumano was just in the right rough. Playing first, Cusumano would hit his lay up long onto the back collar and Caravia was about 20 feet left of the hole. A two-putt par by Caravia sealed the victory, putting him in an early lead of the Player of the Year Points Standings and almost ensures his place in the 2015 Old Warson Cup.
Tower Tee professional Bob Gaus won the recent Publinx Open with a 3-under 67. It marked his 14th victory in the annual event held at Forest Park.
John Anderson Jr. and Dave Maple both shot 69 to tie for low amateur honors.
Don Bliss, who has four Missouri Amateur championships along with numerous other titles in his storied career, shot a 69 to finish as the low senior amateur.
High School Boys Golf
It looks like another banner spring for St. Louis boys high school golf. All four champions appear to be strong again and could repeat when the state tournaments are held next month.
MICDS is the defending Class 3 champion with a three-stroke win over Cape Girardeau Notre Dame. The Rams were second in the state in 2012. This year, MICDS should remain among the elite in its class. Drew Lilly finished second last year and he is back, along with three others: Michael O'Keefe (25th place), Brian Trelstad (28th) and Blake Adamson (74th).
In Class 4, the Timberland Wolves bested Rockhurst by two strokes. Zach Cutler was third overall and Josh O'Hearn was 13th and both are back this spring.
In Class 1, Barat Academy won the title by 22 strokes over Louisiana. Trevor Cronin, who won the medalist, and Sean Weber and James Kvesic are back this season.
Last year's Class 2 champion was Lutheran St. Charles. Eric Meindl and Blake Bredensteiner are back.
Amateur Tournament Schedule (through end of July)
MAGA CHAMPIONSHIPS & USGA QUALIFYING SCHEDULE
• US Women's Amateur Public Links Qualifying, May 28, Annbriar Golf Club
• East Side Amateur, June 14 to 15, Lockhaven Golf Club
• US APL Qualifying, June 9 to 10, at Aberdeen
• US Senior Open Qualifying, June 16, Country Club at the Legends
• MAGA Women's Amateur Championship, June 23 to 24, Forest Hills Country Club
• US Girls Junior Amateur Qualifying, June 25, Bogey Hills Country Club
• US Junior Amateur Qualifying (36-holes), July 1, Old Hickory Golf Club
• MAGA Open Championship, July 10 to 12, Country Club of St. Albans
• US Amateur Qualifying (36-holes), July 14, Jefferson City Country Club
• MAGA Junior Championship, July 21 to 22, Normandie
• MAGA Amateur Championship, July 31 to Aug. 2, Westwood Country Club
MISSOURI GOLF ASSOCIATION
• Amateur Qualifier, May 27, The Falls Golf Club in O'Fallon, Missouri
• Amateur Championship, June 25 to 29, Norwood Hills Country Club
• Stroke Play Championship, July 21 to 23, Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield
• Parent Child Championship, July 28 to 29, Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach
MISSOURI WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION
• Junior Championship, June 10 to 11 WingHaven
• Junior Girls Four State Championship, June 23 to 24, The Preserve in Iowa
• Amateur Championship, July 8 to 10 at Creekmoor in Raymore
• Mid Amateur Championship, July 24 to 25, Greenbriar Hills
• Fore State Championship, July 28 to 29, Shangri-La in Oklahoma
ST. LOUIS DISTRICT GOLF ASSOCIATION
• Hardin Junior Championship, June 10 to 11 Lake Forest
• Etzkorn Pro 3-Senior Tournament, June 24, Old Hickory
• 95th Greisedieck Men's Championship, July 24 to 27, Sunset Country Club
• Salomon Father & Son Tournament, Aug. 1, Whitmoor
ST. LOUIS WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION
• Luck Of The Roll, May 29, Belk Park
• 3 Club Tournament, June 17, Sunset Hills
• Stroke Play Championship, July 30, Tapawingo
Jim Holtgrieve, captain of the 2013 and 2011 United States Walker Cup Golf Teams, is headlining the 10th Annual Project COPE golf tournament June 23 at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. The tournament will benefit Project COPE, one of the St. Louis area's most successful community re-entry programs for men and women seeking to rebuild their lives after release from prison. Cost to play is $150 per player; and Holtgrieve will play a hole with every foursome in the tournament. Player registration is open to the public and can be made by contacting Project COPE, 389-4804 or projcope.org.
Easter Seals Midwest will host the fifth annual Autism Invitational June 3 at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta. The event has raised more than $600,000 to benefit families impacted by autism. This year’s chair is JoAnn Kindle. The entry fee is $2,500 for a foursome. The tournament is limited to just 28 teams, and includes gifts, cash prizes, dinner, an auction and more. Call 394-7070 or visit eastersealsmidwest.org.
That's it for this month. If you have any golf news to report, contact me at email@example.com.